abandoned theme parks

They found the Moby Dick!

Remember my mild obsession with submerged animatronics (and animatronics in general?) Well it experienced a resurgence a few weeks ago when I learned via Twitter that the remnants of Moby Dick, one of the most terrifying submerged animatronics ever made, were lost ages ago and never found.

Some FASCINATING stuff on that Twitter thread about the Moby Dick whale of Pleasure Island. (not my own lost Pleasure Island, a different one.) Can you imagine seeing it in action and up close?!

Anyway (possibly as a result of that tweet?) someone got hold of an underwater drone and they FOUND IT! Found proof that it’s still in the original lake! Check it out.

Hmmm maybe someone should write a book about this, the relentless hunt for a white whale. Anyone got a good idea for a title?

Exploring an abandoned theme park!

Pleasure Island at Cleethorpes has been closed since 2016, a fact that depresses me slightly since I loved it as a kid. So while in the area last week me and Dave stopped and took some pictures of its ruins.

Don’t worry, we didn’t actually go in! It’s covered in barbed wire, more bafflingly there’s a trench built all the way around it, and there’s a security dog too.

There he is!

So we just got as close to the fence as possible and stuck the camera through increasingly tricky gaps.

Here’s the fairytale-like entrance to the park, not such a fairytale anymore.

Broken things everywhere.

Some castles left to rot behind barbed wire.

Who even smashed these windows?

The remains of one of the rides I remember best from Pleasure Island, the water side. It used to stand a bit taller.

A few misc buildings round the back, and a warning message.

RIP, Pleasure Island. Here it is in happier times.

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Today, for no reason, I have been researching abandoned theme parks. How creepy are these and these? And how sad is this? (If I’d gone to Disneyworld a couple of years earlier I could have had a go on that submarine. Although I probably wouldn’t have because I’m scared of squid.) I especially like the cute dragony-thingy. How could they destroy those awesome models? I bet most people would have taken them for free.

And then there’s Action Park, which has been a constant source of fascination for me ever since I first heard of it. Probably the most dangerous theme park in the world, six people died there and countless more injured. Unsuprisingly, it’s been closed since 1996…

I bloody love theme parks. Most of the rides tend to scare the crap out of me though.